Ipmitool Chassis Power Off

There was recently this cute comic that was makings its rounds on my newsfeed, about how you should use SIGTERM instead of SIGKILL. It seems to come from Daniel Stori on DZone, posted on 1st April…

Man Who Deleted Company Was A Hoax

A few days I shared this story, as did many others on the Internet, about how a man accidentally deleted his company. It’s quite unbelievable, not not altogether impossible. Indeed, some had speculated it to be…

A Company Got Deleted By Mistake

It’s every system administrator’s nightmare. The Unix command rm is powerful and wielded properly can be a very useful tool. But used improperly, it can devour you. That is what has happened at a web hosting provider….

15th System Administrator Appreciation Day

It’s Sysadmin Day today. Oh, I see, you don’t know what it’s about? Well, let me tell you. No, seriously, there is really such a day. It’s the most important 24 hours of the whole year…

Configuration Management With Ansible

Ask any Unix system administrator, and it’s likely they will have heard about CFEngine. If they have been around some time, or have explored or used configuration management tools, they may also know about other…

SSL Certificates: Single-Root vs Chained-Root

I recently renewed a bunch of SSL certificates. I actually use a reseller, Namecheap.com, but the actual SSL certificate authority is RapidSSL. I’ve bought RapidSSL’s SSL certificates for several years. They are cheap (particularly through…

Revisiting Gentoo Linux

I spent a part of today installing Gentoo Linux in a spare PC. If you’ve not heard of it, Gentoo is yet another Linux distribution. It stands out from the rest in that practically everything…